Under the protection of the Earls of Cassilis and Glencairn, and others, Wishart had preached in Ayrshire for about four weeks when he was recalled to Dundee. A plague had broken out there four days after his departure. His leaving from Kyle grieved many who had become attached to his ministry. He returned to Dundee and preached from the East Port Gate to those who were sick outside the wall and to those who were healthy inside. He frequently preached and ministered to the sick.
The city wall followed the line that can be seen running north to south at the eastern end of Cowgate. The East Port Gate was at the end of Seagate which is the road south of Cowgate.